Brian E. Spotts of North Platte picked up an additional charge Thursday -- possession of methamphetamine -- when he was in court to face theft charges from the North Platte home of a man who recently died.
Spotts is charged with burglary, illegal use of a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, and theft of more than $1,500, allegedly sweeping into the empty house and carting off a pickup load of antiques funiture and furnishings, along with the man's car.
Spotts was one of six people who have been busted so far in the case. Five were charged two days later. Another one, Kathy Killham, turned herself in four days later.
In court Thursday, Spotts was notified of another charge -- possession of 353 grams of meth (0.78 pounds) -- which may result in a federal indictment.
Bond for possession was set at $500,000, in addition to the $50,000 bond for the previous four felony charges.
Also, another suspected thief, Tim Leeper, was arraigned Thursday afternoon. Leeper waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to district court, where he already faces similar charges and more, including possession of a stolen firearm.
"I don't suppose I can get an OR (own recognizance) bond," Leeper said dryly, prompting a chuckle from the attorneys.
Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull said there was "no chance."